Thank you all for your input. I'll dump some points from my mind here.
I reckon anonymity makes it harder to follow discussions and brings many other potential problems to the table. In retrospection, that was a great change out of practically nowhere.
That said, I'd like to tone it down but give it a chance for a while, and turn it off if it shows little purpose in terms of discussion quantity and quality.
Moreover, I propose to restrict guest posting inside the iM@S categories, and outside request boards -- that said, if you do handle requests and are okay with receiving those, don't hesitate to chime up. Setsuna has stopped for the time being.
More to the captchas, it's precisely the reason why this can understandably turn off users -- it's too much a drag even with Wiki links. I'd very much do without those secondary questions, if anything.
Thanks Deviant for your comments. I'm not a UX designer, but I do realize it's a bit of a turn off when it comes to using the forum and wiki.
We had practically no spam since I turned it on, so I thought it was a good idea at the time -- I'll try tuning things down a notch and see how it goes.
Please state the "changes to make the forum and wiki more user-friendly" more specifically. I'm curious.
By "changes to make the forum and wiki more user-friendly", most things are related to the wiki, namely:
- Making the wiki Main Page lighter (it looks pretty nice since the November/December revamping, but it's still the greatest resource hog of the site by a landslide)
- Making it the actual home page of project-imas.com, while still trying to keep some emphasis on the forum
- Have and maintain news about recent iM@S-related events, why not with a calendar
I was also thinking of simply merging the forum and wiki userbase, something that was proposed a while ago on my Talk Page, but this proves to be both technically challenging and potentially detrimental to experience, since a wiki contributor is not always a forum poster. And it doesn't bode well with my conscience since I'm more of a SoC
The majority of the interest of the site is directed at the wiki (something I didn't imagine that when I set it up. Thanks, Google).
Still, I don't want the forum to fall into total oblivion. I'm looking for things I can do to make the experience more enjoyable for us all.
I'll try not to rush things. I apologize for the surprise.